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Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).

Spokane Valley launches smart phone app

Spokane Valley launches smart phone app

The Spokane Valley has launched a new app designed to help visitors and residents get to know the city.


"The app was developed to help visitors as well as community members explore and enjoy Spokane Valley's unique features and qualities," said City of Spokane Valley Human Resources Director John Whitehead, who led the team that developed the app.

Library to throw a birthday party for Dr. Seuss

Library to throw a birthday party for Dr. Seuss

I just learned (thanks to the Spokane County Library District) that Theodore Geisel, (Dr. Seuss), wrote “The Cat in the Hat” because he was worried children weren't learning to read. A publisher challenged him to write a story first-graders can’t put down! (with the caveat that he had to limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words.)

Since “The Cat in the Hat” was first published in 1957, children have been learning to read with Dr. Seuss.

Spokane County libraries offer eReader assistance

Spokane County libraries offer eReader assistance

The Spokane County Library District wants to help you put the new tablet or eReader that you unwrapped on Christmas morning to good use. The Spokane Valley Library and the North Spokane Library are hosting two weekends of workshops to show Spokane County residents how to download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices.

Check out TONS of things to do this winter

Check out TONS of things to do this winter

Don't hibernate! Just because it's getting colder and the snow is on the way doesn't mean you and the kids have to stay indoors and suffer from cabin fever.

From Dr. Suess adventure camps for the little kids, tweens learning to play the ukulele, teenagers learning to speak Russian and adults stepping in the ring to box, there are tons of things to do in the Spokane area. In fact, Spokane Parks and Rec just released its Winter Guide of activities for all ages and abilities.

Check it out right HERE!

 

Car prowlings skyrocket in Spokane County and Valley

News release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

To date, Spokane County residents, including Spokane City and Spokane Valley, have reported over 180 vehicle prowlings since the beginning of the year.  The past two years the number of reported incidents were 107 for the entire year.

A large majority of these crimes have occurred at Centennial Trailheads.  Citizens have been victimized by either leaving their door unlocked, windows down or valuables inside their vehicle in plain sight. 

With the holiday season approaching, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to leave valuables out of plain sight inside their vehicles, to detach GPS units from their dashboard if possible and to place their garage door opener in an alternate location other than their visor.

As always, if you witness suspicious activity you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

 

Library and Balfour Park expansion approved

Library and Balfour Park expansion approved

From the City of Spokane Valley:

After many months of input by community members and collaborative effort by the steering committee, consultants, the City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County Library District, the Balfour Park/Library Conceptual site plan was unanimously approved by the Spokane Valley City Council on October 29, 2013.

In his presentation to the Council, Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation Director Mike Stone noted that the plan will "create a public gathering space for Spokane Valley that will also solidify a true sense of place within our city."

The site plan focuses on an 8.4 acre parcel of undeveloped property along Sprague Avenue just east of Herald Road. The site was acquired by the City in 2012 for expansion of Balfour Park as part of a partnership that allowed SCLD to purchase 2.5 acres of the parcel as a location for a proposed new library.